Michael Gallup: ‘I Needed to Play’ in Cowboys’ Preseason Finale

Getty Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup catches a pass.

There’s something to be said about brutal honesty, and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup showed a bit of that following the team’s preseason finale. While the Cowboys opted to sit the bulk of their starters (as most NFL teams do), the third-round pick could be seen running routes throughout the first half Thursday night.

To anyone on the outside looking in, this seemed like a terrible idea. Gallup is expected to be a starter for the Cowboys offense and will likely be a go-to target for Dak Prescott right out of the gate. So, why was the former Colorado State star still playing while the bulk of the other expected Week 1 starters were hanging out on the sidelines?

As Gallup told Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News, he needed to play. Not only that, but he also wanted to be out there.

Although Gallup surely knows he’ll be a big part of the offense this season, the young pass-catcher sounds like he just wants to be fully prepared for the opener. As you can see from Machota’s tweet, the rookie wideout wrapped up the 14-6 loss to the Houston Texans by catching 4-of-6 targets for 29 yards.

The Cowboys open up the 2018 NFL season with a Week 1 matchup against the Carolina Panthers on the road.

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